AAP: Government Shutdown and its Impact on Children
By: Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP, president, American Academy of Pediatrics
“Today, our federal government shut down, and millions of children and families face an uncertain future as a result. As long as the government is shut down, no additional federal funds are available for WIC, Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education, research grants, Head Start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s seasonal influenza program, new clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health and key safety activities at the Food and Drug Administration. These programs are essential to the health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. Any suspension of their services scales back the reach of their impact and puts children and families at risk.
“The shutdown will not impact the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, which kicks off today and will allow parents, families and children to enroll in health insurance that meets their needs. It is tragic that the debate over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has led to a government shutdown. Pediatricians are dedicated to helping parents understand the options available to them and their children as implementation continues.
“With nearly one in five children living in poverty, today’s inaction by Congress significantly harms the most vulnerable families. Our children deserve better than this. Pediatricians are dedicated to doing everything we can to urge Congress to prioritize children’s needs in the budget.”
Rep. Mark Pocan Joins Seniors, Children and Advocates in Janesville Rally Against GOP/Ryan Budget
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JANESVILLE, WI – Concerned citizens in Wisconsin will rally with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2), Ryan’s Congressional neighbor who represents part of Janesville, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare (NCPSSM), Every Child Matters (ECM), the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC), AFSCME and the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) to present a united front against the GOP/Ryan Budget. The proposal seeks to privatize Medicare and diminish safety net programs for seniors and children – many of which have already been impacted by the across-the-board cuts initiated under sequestration.
During the event, petitions opposing the proposed cuts and signed by thousands of Wisconsin citizens will be presented to Rep Pocan. Following the rally, petitions will be delivered Rep. Ryan’s office.
PROTECT OUR KIDS ACT BECOMES LAW
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With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (H.R. 6655/S. 3705), received unanimous support in the Senate just before the 112th Congress adjourned last night and it passed the House of Representatives in December by a vote of 330-77. Supported by the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (The Coalition), the Protect Our Kids Act creates a bipartisan, two-year Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, consisting of 12 members who will be appointed by the President and congressional leaders. The commission will also work together to evaluate current programs and prevention efforts, and recommend a comprehensive national strategy to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect fatalities.
Children's Advocacy Group Praises Administration's Gun Safety Reforms—Says Congress Must Act to Protect Children
Washington, DC—Every Child Matters Education Fund, a national children’s advocacy group in Washington, DC, applauds President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their Administration for the proposed common sense gun safety reforms that will reduce the number of children and youth whose lives end from the barrel of a gun.
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Proposal to Reduce Child Deaths Due to Maltreatment
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Acting Chairman Paulsen Announces Hearing on Proposal to Reduce Child Deaths Due to Maltreatment
Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Acting Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing to discuss a bipartisan proposal to establish a commission tasked with developing recommendations for reducing child deaths due to maltreatment. The hearing will take place at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in Room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building.
In view of the limited time available to hear from witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. Witnesses will include experts on child abuse and neglect and child fatalities due to maltreatment. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.
Congressional Budget Cuts Will Hurt New Hampshire Kids
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Every Child Matters in New Hampshire is asking Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen to reject the deep cuts in programs for children, youth and families the House adopted last week. The House measure cuts $61 billion nationwide in this fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. Hundreds of millions in health, education, and safety programs could be cut in New Hampshire if the Senate, expected to vote on the budget next week, goes along with the House. Every Child Matters urges the Senate to fund children’s programs at their current levels for the rest of the year. Already faced with a severe state budget deficit, the situation will be made much worse if Congress adopts the House budget. Among scores of federally funded programs to be cut in New Hampshire:
Representatives Forget That Children Did Not Cause The Deficit
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Every Child Matters in Iowa is asking Senators Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley to reject the deep cuts in programs for children, youth and families the House adopted last week. The House measure cuts $61 billion nationwide in this fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. Hundreds of millions in health, education, and safety programs could be cut in Iowa if the Senate goes along with the House. Every Child Matters urges the Senate to fund children’s programs at their current levels for the rest of the year. Already faced with a severe state budget deficit, the situation in Iowa will be made much worse if Congress adopts the House budget. Among scores of federally funded programs to be cut in Iowa:
- 1,794 young children will be removed from their Head Start program
- Special needs children would lose $5 million in education programs serving them
- Iowa’s college students would face a 15% cut in their Pell Grants, totaling $809 million, causing many to leave college
- Pregnant women would be denied health care through the Maternal and Child Health block grant
- Iowa’s poison control center would likely close
- Programs to help children, youth, and parents struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues would be slashed by $1 million
- Doors to 21st Century Community Learning Centers would close to hundred of Iowa children and youth
Child Abuse and Neglect Press Release